Before the baptism, one of the most important issues is the choice of godparents for your child. Expectations of godparents vary from one family to the next. When you choose your child’s godparents, talk with them, about what your mutual expectations are.
The Catholic Church requires the following of godparents:
- You must designate them, and they must be willing to help your child lead a Christian life in harmony with the Catholic faith. (Please note preparation guidelines for Godparents.)
- They must be at least sixteen years of age.
- They must be Catholics who are baptized and confirmed, and have received first communion.
- They must lead a life “in harmony with the faith.”
- They must be someone other than the child’s parents.
- You may have one or two godparents. If you choose two, one must be male, and the other female. You must have at least one Catholic Godparent. In addition, a Baptized person who is actively practicing the Christian faith may be a sponsor in the role “as Christian Witness;” but only in company with a practicing Catholic.